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Top 12 Best Places to Explore in Karnataka

The state of Karnataka has many hidden gems in its treasure trove. Some of them are very famous, while others are underrated. The geographical location of this state ensures distinct tourist places in Karnataka that will blow your mind.

Karnataka is a melting pot of cultures, modernity, and ancient charm. Travelers visit the historical and quintessential state from all over the globe to have a fun holiday with their friends and family or sometimes solo.

12 Best Places To Visit In Karnataka In 2021

We have made a list of handpicked places to explore in Karnataka. Have a look!

1. Coorg

This hill station in Karnataka is aptly called ‘Scotland of India’. Coorg will grab your senses with the heady scent of coffee and scintillating fresh air. With attractions like coffee estates full of aromas, luxuriant greenery covering the mountains, and waterfalls plunging down the misty mountains, Coorg grabs the attention of each and every traveler at first sight. 

Thrilling treks along the coffee & spice plantations, elephant camps, boat rides in the river, wildlife sanctuaries, and local markets club together to make the holiday exhilarating.

2. Bangalore

The capital city of Karnataka is much more than just a jungle of IT companies and software engineers working in the concrete buildings. Bangalore offers a cosmopolitan ambiance to its visitors. The IT hub of the country has pleasant weather all year long making it one of the best places to visit in Karnataka. It is full of wildlife, nature, ruins, museums, architectural wonders, and gardens.

3. Jog Falls

The best reason to witness this major attraction of Karnataka, apart from being a splendid waterfall, is that it is the second-largest waterfall in the country. Jog Falls is known with many names such as Gersoppa Falls, and Jogada Gundi and the water drops down from a height of 253 m (830 ft). The Karnataka Tourism Board has built a staircase of more than 1500 steps that starts from the viewpoint to the top of the hill from where the beauty of this waterfall multiplies. 

4. Kabini

Located on the banks of the tributary river of Cauvery, Kabini is a picturesque village of Karnataka. It is situated very close to Rajiv Gandhi National Park, Bandipur Forest, and Nagarhole National Park; hence, offers a scope of wildlife experience. You may even get lucky by spotting tigers, leopards, wild elephants, various species of deers, and nomadic birds while boating in the river or on a wildlife safari.

5. Mangalore

Mangalore is one the best travel destinations in Karnataka that you can explore and the best option for a quick weekend getaway to break the cycle of daily life chores. Tourists love strolling and sunbathing at the beaches, trying spicy seafood, viewing sunrises & sunsets, and visiting the shipyard that can’t be missed once you are here. Make at least 2 days from your busy schedule to cross Mangalore from your travel bucket list. 

6. Mysore

The capital of the rulers of this region, Mysore is a popular travel destination among travelers. With its dazzling royal heritage, intricate architecture, famed silk sarees, and sandalwood, Mysore is one of the most prominent heritage sites of India. Often deemed as the City of Palaces, Mysore is also famous for its grand celebration of Dussehra that you should not miss if you are in the vicinity.

7. Hampi

If you want to witness the modernity and heritage shaking hands with each other then visit Hampi. The modern part of this town includes chic cafes, colorful backpacker hostels, and parties full of life. And, the heritage part includes ruins of the city of Vijayanagara, the former capital of the Vijayanagara Empire, ancient architecture, religion, and history dotted with innumerable gems. 

8. Udupi

You must have heard of the restaurants with the same name and maybe even tasted the scrumptious food served there. But, what if we tell you that there is a place called Udupi in Karnataka? Want to go there ASAP, right? Udupi is a place where people from nearby cities go for pilgrimage. It is also famous for its serene and beautiful beaches. Malpe Beach, Kaup Beach & St Mary's Island offer some of the best things to do in Karnataka. 

9. Gokarna

Any travel bucket list to Karnataka is incomplete without Gokarna on it. Gokarna is highly recommended to explore because of its glorious beaches. The Om Beach, Kudle Beach, Gokarna Beach, and Mirjan Fort are the major attractions of Gokarna. This low-key, laid-back, and less-commercialized beach destination has won over millions of hearts of tourists from all over the world. 

10. Dandeli

Located on the banks of river Kali, this quaint little town Dandeli is only 132 kilometers away from Goa and 462 kilometers away from Bangalore. Dandeli is famous for its natural beauty, wildlife, and adventure sports. Another interesting fact about this place is that Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is the second largest sanctuary in Karnataka. This means a diverse range of animals could be spotted if you are lucky enough. Kayaking, water rafting, and canoeing trips on the River Kali are some of the things that you can do to pump some adrenaline into your body. 

11. Shivanasamudra Falls

The people residing in Bangalore and neighboring cities go here for a short one day trip. Shivanasamudra has several parallel streams formed adjacent to each other. The Shivanasamudra Island divides the Cauvery river into two waterfalls, one is Gaganachukki and the other is Bharachukki. Shivanasamudra waterfalls offer magnificent views during the peak monsoons.

12. Bijapur

Bijapur boasts the royal charms of the Deccan’s Islamic era making it an integral part of all the tour packages to Karnataka. Bijapur, recently renamed to Vijapur, is a cultural hub and is dotted with mosques, mausoleums, palaces, and forts to keep the travelers busy gazing at them. We recommend visiting Bijapur/Vijapur during Lingayat Siddeshwara Festival because it is celebrated with full splendor and devotion.

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--- Published By  Vineet Gupta